To serve as a unified voice for Telecom Operators and a platform for Indusry Decision-Makers to help bring about a consensus-driven policy and required regulatory change for enabling digital transformation in the SA-ME-NA region.


To continually act a sector-development partner to regional Governments, Regulators, and the Industry for the joint creation of a flourishing and sustainable ICT environment, in order to aid sustainable growth, incentivize investments, and broaden value-creation via the adoption of new collaboration-driven approaches in the areas of Digital Services, Data Regulation, Spectrum Management, and Industry Fees & Taxation, among others.


  • Assisting in the Development of Collaboration-driven Public Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

  • Bringing Industry Stakeholders Together, to Mobilize Strategize that Aid Revenue-Generation

Modus Operandi

Promote Broadband Infrastructure Investment

  • Agenda

    • Broadband policies & regulations
    • New business models with stakeholders
    • Government demand stimulation
  • Roadmap

    • LTE Deployment
    • Spectrum Harmonization
    • Fiber Roll Out
  • Dividend

    • Remove barriers to investment and stimulating demand
    • Leverage government support and ensure ROI
    • Reduce royalties and financial obligations

Promote Stakeholder Cooperation

  • Agenda

    • Regional exchange and agreements
    • Harmonized position on standards
    • Cross industry forum
  • Roadmap

    • Sustainable Business Models
    • Data Roaming transparency initiatives
    • SMART Government initiatives
    • Business transformation
  • Dividend

    • Enhance quality & Efficiencies
    • Merger & Acquisitions

Promote Digitization Policies

  • Agenda

    • Clear and well funded national ICT policies and executive models
    • Recognize Telecom Operators as partners of choice for driving large scale digitization program
  • Roadmap

    • Digitization Program
    • M2M
    • Local Content Development / Domain Names
    • Mobile Health & Safety
  • Dividend

    • Create new opportunities for investments, innovations & partnership
    • SMART Government, SMART Living, SMART Economy

Promote Transparency and Collaboration in Fulfilling Governance and Smart Regulation Goals

  • Agenda

    • Distinct and effective fulfillment of policy, regulation and roles
    • Role of different stakeholders as key drivers for policy & Regulations
    • More transparency in regulatory decision and practice
  • Roadmap

    • Internet Governance
    • Post WCIT implementation
    • Convergence in Regulation
  • Dividend

    • Closer integration between Telecom, Media and Technology
    • Performance measurements
    • Incentivize investments
  • Leaders' Summit 2021

    8th April 2021
    “Championing Digital Economic Growth from Policy to Reality”

  • SAMENA Trends

    April-May 2021
    Digital Interdependence and the 5G Ecosystem

  • Latest Open Consultations

    CITC - Consultation Paper on "Spectrum Light Licensing"

  • Latest Video

    SAMENA Council CEO Bocar BA shares insights with CNBC on industry trends, needs and issues in view of expanding Digital Economy

  • Industry Reports

    Digital trends in the Arab States region 2021

    5G Outlook Series:
    Enabling Inclusive Long-term Opportunities
    January 2021

    Internet Country Report:
    Gulf Region
    December 2020

  • SAMENA Accelerator

    Building Fiber-optic Connectivity Corridors for Digital Economy “Lighting Up a Fiber Future”
    November 19th , 2020

    Accelerating a Sustainable Digital Economy
    “Evidence-based policies for greater digital inclusion”
    November 25th , 2020

  • Leaders' Summit 2020

    9th July 2020 | Dubai, UAE
    “5G+X: Harnessing 5G Across Industries for Investment Revival”

  • COVID-19 Knowledge Base

    Omantel initiatives during the current COVID-19 situation in the Sultanate of Oman

    Digital Development Joint Action Plan and Call for Action

    Dealing with the Aftermath of
    COVID-19 Through Collaborated Acceleration of 5G Implementation Aross the World

    5G + Healthcare: Technology in Action

  • 5G Developments

    Call for Action
    Dealing with the aftermath of Covid-19

    Combating COVID-19 with 5G
    Opportunities to improve public health systems

  • Press Release

    SAMENA Council: Covid-19 Impacted the World on a Scale that 5G Could Have Contained

  • Latest Member Updates

    Etisalat highlights rapid growth of SmartHub data centres
    View Details

    Zain launches online campaign to reinforce environmental awareness
    View Details

  • Latest Industry Findings

    Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Development in the Arab region

    Arab Horizon 2030
    Digital Technologies for Development

    The Impact of EU Regulatory Frameworks on OTT Connectivity Providers